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May 18, 1907

The Review of Dr. Babcock's Book on Diseases of the Lungs.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(20):1695-1696. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520460051015

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Chicago, May 5, 1907.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, April 27, page 1453, there appears a review of Dr. Robert H. Babcock's recent work on "Diseases of the Lungs." In common justice to this excellent treatise and in fairness to the author himself, I beg leave to reply to this review.In the first place, the reviewer of Dr. Babcock's book fails to take into account the fact that it is not a system that the author offers us, but a monographic treatise on a special topic, and that in consequence of this he has been subject to certain restrictions of space and scope which prevent him from exhausting in full the diseases under consideration. He has apparently neglected, as well, to read the author's preface, in which is distinctly outlined the limitations of the book. Instead of finding fault, as does this reviewer, with the fact that certain

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